Sunday, August 09, 2009

Zabulon Skipper

This Zabulon Skipper was in the yard today and sat cooperatively while I took a series of photos of it. This skipper is common and widespread in the eastern United States, especially in late summer. I find it more easily identifiable than most other grass skippers.

The plain yellow upperside of the hindwing is field mark of this species, as is the pale spot near the base of the hindwing on the underside.

Sometimes it sits with its wings folded, and other times it adopts the jet plane posture.